Music Careers

The Musician’s Way helps rising musicians develop professional goals and skills. The following resources expand on the concepts described in the text.

Music Career Resources and Tools

Build a Website
1) Tech-challenged: Weebly | | 1&1 | Bandzoogle | SquareSpace
2) Tech-knowledgeable:; development tips:
-Buy a domain name & hosting plan: 1&1 |
-Free web-building tutorials:
3) Search engine optimization tips (free): The Beginner’s Guide to SEO

General Music Business Tools Outstanding email newsletter service. Free for lists <2000.

PayPal for business. Accept credit card payments on your site.
Square. Accept in-person credit card payments via your mobile device.

TuneCore distributes your music to iTunes, Amazon, etc. You keep all royalties

Shopify Shopping Cart Software. Create an online store. Free trial. Outstanding! Backup, sync, and share files. Free! Ticket and promote concerts and events.

Airbnb. Stay with hosts to lower touring costs. $40 off for new users! Buy mechanical licenses to record copyrighted music. Learn about and collect digital performance royalties.

Direct-to-Fan Platforms: Tools for artists, managment, venues, labels, and fans. “Sell your music and merch directly to your fans.” Share recordings and attract fans. Announce and discover classical events.
SongKick Tourbox. Post announcements about your performance dates.

Crowdfunding Resources & Tips
The Musician’s Guide to Fan-Funding,” by Jonathan Ostrow
The Crowdfunding Quandary,” by Ariel Hyatt

Grants & Grant Writing
Resources for Grantseekers. Links to grant sources & grant writing tips.

Locate Presenters/Promoters/Resources Extensive directory of presenters and performers. Classical and jazz oriented; free and subscription offerings
Association of Performing Arts Presenters
Chamber Music America (classical & jazz)
National Association for Campus Activities
International Performing Arts for Youth

U.S. State & Regional Arts Orgs. A valuable list from the NEA.
U.S. Regional Arts Organizations.
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (U.S.). “Helps bands get gigs and promoters book the right bands.”
How to Get Gigs on SonicBids,” by Simon Tam (May 2012)

Music Teacher Resources Create a site, schedule online, accept credit cards. Marty Fort’s industry-leading system.

On Staff: A Practical Guide to Starting Your Career in a University Music Dept., by Donald Hamann, (Oxford, 2013).
From the Stage to the Studio: How Fine Musicians Become Great Teachers, by Watkins and Scott (Oxford, 2012).

Association of Teaching Artists. Information and links.
Business Tools for Teaching Artists. Contracts, invoices and more via TASC

Additional Music Career Resources
Audition & Competition Strategies for Musicians. Via
New Music USA. Learn about and fund new American concert music.
A Career in Music Therapy, from the American Music Therapy Association.

Job Listings for Musicians, Singers & Music Educators

Music Job Search Sites. Via the Peabody Conservatory.

International Musician. Orchestra jobs in the US. By subscription. | | European orchestra vacancies.

Orchestras Canada Job Board.
Musical Chairs. Orchestral and admin. job listings.

League of American Orchestras. Administrative, conducting and other jobs. Arts administration and other jobs.

Bridge: Worldwide Music Connection. Useful database. Free trial.

YapTracker. Opera auditions & voice competitions. $55/year.
See the For Singers page for more voice resources.

College, university, and conservatory music teaching job listings 
Chronicle of Higher Education
College Music Society (members only)
Higher Education Recruitment Consortium | Academic Gates
Association Européenne des Conservatoires

K-12 music teaching jobs & openings in the US 
NAfME Job Listings

US State Education Agencies | |
ASTA string teaching opportunities

Other Job & Internship Search Sites 
New York Foundation for the Arts. Diverse arts jobs, internships, resources |

U.S. Military Band Vacancies. Via the Peabody Conservatory
Church Music Job Search Sites. Indexed on the Peabody Conservatory website

ProShip Entertainment. | Landau Music. Cruise ship gigs | Jobs in musical theater and theme parks

Rhinegold Recruitment (UK & EU) | | |

Career Advice and Guidance for Musicians

General Resources:
Music Career Articles published on The Musician’s Way Blog.

ASCAP | BMI. Music career resources, tips, advice.
Music Industry Quizzes. From the Future of Music Coalition. Fiscal sponsorship, education, and more.

The DIY Musician Blog. From CDBaby.
The Disc Makers Blog, “for independent musicians.”
How to play in someone else’s band,” by Danny Barnes. Sage advice! “The new music business.”
CyberPR Blog. Online marketing tips and guidance from Ariel Hyatt.
The Music Business Journal. From the Berklee College of Music.

Career Tools from Broadly applicable.
Arts Journal. A digest of arts journalism.

Marketing Articles & Resources:
Sample Press Releases, via

National Arts Marketing Project. A program of Americans for the Arts.

Make Better Marketing Plans with a SWOT Analysis,” by David Roberts (2013).
How artists can profit from file sharing,” by Jim Grobecker (2011).
“6 case studies on successful online marketing,” by Jill Haverkamp (2011).
“How to post a perfect press kit on your website,” by Ariel Hyatt (2010).

Resume, bio, cover letter tips and resources:
Career Center at the Peabody Institute
Institute for Music Leadership
. Resources from the Eastman School of Music.
Bios That Inspire by Gerald Klickstein
Why do you need a bio? by Dan Kimpel.
Writing the Dreaded Cover Letter, by Katharine Brooks.

Books about Music Career Development & Entrepreneurship:
Beyond Talent
(2nd ed.), by Angela Beeching (Oxford, 2010). Companion site.

The Musician’s Way, by Gerald Klickstein (Oxford, 2009; 14th printing, 2018).

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, by David Allen (Penguin, 2002).
Tribes, by Seth Godin. How to build communities of followers.
How to Call Attention to Your Music, by Derek Sivers. New edition coming soon.

Legal Advice and Resources for Musicians

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Legal services in the U.S., Canada, Australia
VLA New York | VLA MassachusettsCalif. Lawyers for the Arts
Lawyers for the Creative Arts. Pro-bono legal help in Chicago & Illinois

Legal Resources from
IP Legal Freebies Blog

Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the US. A handy chart
Copyright information & links from the National Association for Music Ed
Copyright Made Simple. A basic introduction from the IMSLP

Music Industry Quizzes from the Future of Music Coalition

The Teacher’s Guide to Music, Media, and Copyright Law, by James Frankel
(Hal Leonard, 2009)

Salary Information and Employment Statistics for Musicians

Occupational Outlook Handbooks from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017): Musicians & Singers | Music Directors & Composers.

Occupational Employment and Wages: Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary, 2017. From the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Musician Salary Info. Links compiled on the Peabody Conservatory website.
Salary Ranges for US Music Positions, via Berklee (2016).
Salary Calculator, from the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Strategic National Arts Alumni Project. Salary data and much more.
Facts and Figures Concerning Music and Higher Education in the United States
From the College Music Society (revised Jan. 2015).

Tax and Bookkeeping Tips

Bookkeeping for Artists, by Maggie Kruser.

Expense & income worksheets for musicians, from

Volunteer Opportunities

Healing with Music. An article on The Musician’s Way Blog.

Corporation for National and Community Service (U.S.). Search for and post volunteer opportunities.

Youth Music (U.K.). Resources and links.
Volunteer Canada.

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